MORGANTOWN — Morgantown City Council unanimously approved a number of items during its Dec. 5 regular meeting, including the expenditure of $254,376 for the purchase of a new street sweeper for the city’s public works department.

City Manager Paul Brake explained that the city utilizes National Joint Powers Alliance, a collective purchasing agent that leverages the collective size of its members to reduce costs.

Council also passed first readings of a batch of ordinances tied to the latest round of Home Rule initiatives approved by the state’s Home Rule Board in October.

The initiatives:

Remove the real estate ownership provision for prospective members of the BOPARC board

Allow for the expenditure of money on beneficial projects located on school property through agreements with the local board of education

Allow the city more leverage in the sale of property, removing the stipulation that city property must be sold through auction

Waive the certified mail requirement for zoning changes altering density

Limit expansion of nonconforming agricultural, industrial and manufacturing uses

Expand arrest powers for fire marshals pertaining to arson and explosives.